Megyn Kelly calls Alex Jones' Sandy Hook theory 'revolting' in new statement

Megyn Kelly released a new statement on Tuesday in response to the backlash she received for interviewing Sandy Hook conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.

The new NBC News personality received major criticism after she released a teaser on Sunday night for her upcoming interview with Jones, which is slated to air this coming Sunday night on "Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly."

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Kelly tweeted a brief response on Monday in which she pointed to President Trump's support of Jones' controversial show and said it is her job to "shine a light" on his shocking viewpoints. Her follow-up statement on Tuesday reflected those same sentiments.

"I find Alex Jones's suggestion that Sandy Hook was 'a hoax' as personally revolting as every other rational person does," Kelly said. "It left me, and many other Americans, asking the very question that prompted the interview: How does Jones, who traffics in these outrageous conspiracy theories, have the respect of the president of the United States and a growing audience of millions?"

"President Trump, by praising and citing him, appearing on his show, and giving him White House press credentials, has helped elevate Jones, to the alarm of many," she continued. "Out goal in sitting down with him was to shine a light -- as journalists are supposed to do -- on this influential figure, and yes -- to discuss the considerable falsehoods he has prompted with near impunity."

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Included in the fallout caused by her interview with Jones, Kelly was dropped as the host of gun violence prevention organization Sandy Hook Promise's upcoming Promise Champions Gala. The event honors men and women across the country for their work in preventing gun violence.

"Sandy Hook Promise cannot support the decision by Megyn or NBC to give any form of voice or platform to Alex Jones and have asked Megyn Kelly to step down as our Promise Champion Gala host," organization co-founder and managing director Nicole Hockley said in a press release. "It is our hope that Megyn and NBC reconsider and not broadcast this interview."

In her statement on Tuesday, Kelly also addressed her absence from the upcoming event.

"I understand and respect the decision of the event organizers, but I'm of course disappointed that I won't be there to support them on Wednesday night," she said of being dropped from the event.

Megyn Kelly's interview with Alex Jones will air on "Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly" on NBC on Sunday, June 18. Watch the preview below:

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